Young tenants set sail on voyage of discovery
A group of eight young men navigated the south coast as part of a life changing project, sailing together whilst learning the importance of healthier relationships and working together to end violence against women.
The project known as ‘the Brothers’ was set up by Charter and Bron Afon Housing Associations in Summer 2015 and follows in the footsteps of their successful award winning sister project the ‘go girls’.
Aimed at men aged between 16-25, the project looks to empower young men, better equipping them to cope with life’s challenges. This is done through training and education, focussing on health & wellbeing, safer relationships and equality & diversity. The Brothers will then have the opportunity to become mentors to future new members who go on to join the band of brothers.
Organised through the Island Trust, the Brothers set sail on the Tectona Tallship and travelled the English channel taking in Portsmouth, Weymouth, the Isle of Portland and Plymouth.
Charter’s youth and community development officer, Gareth Jones said:‘
The Brothers were an extremely determined and committed bunch and quickly realised that by pulling together as a team, they could achieve so much more”.
“The theme of the week was The White Ribbon campaign and through a series of participant workshops they learned about specific behaviours and their huge impact on today’s society. The workshops included male attitudes to relationships, appropriate ways of behaving, gender based stereotyping, harassment and working together to end domestic violence”
The voyage was both a huge success and learning curve for the Brothers, and at the end of the week the Brothers were presented with a Royal Yachting Association certificate.
Back on dry land, one of the ‘Brothers’, Stephen Rees said
“ It was the best experience of my life, I learned how to dig deep in the face of adversity, and working together and building friendships makes me feel really good”.
Fellow Brother Daniel Arnold added:
“Sailing was amazing, and through doing sessions on domestic violence I am more aware that it’s not ok to accept inequalities between men and women, and fact is we should be doing more to bridge the gap”.